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Google Fortifies the Security of Chrome with Improved Encryption Protection

Google is all geared up to improve its security settings with its next release of Chrome browser. It is now going to encrypt all search queries sent from the software. The next version of Chrome is now available in the beta channel and all searches will be encrypted using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL).

When a browser uses SSL to encrypt any information from a browser to a website, then you get a green padlock on the web address in the address box. Google calls this little padlock, ‘omnibox’, as it works as a place to put in your search terms as well as insert your URL.

As a user, you will not see much difference in your browsing experience, because of this new feature. Of course, you will notice an improved speed in getting your search results because of Google’s use of the SPDY protocol in the software.

Encryption is the new way to go

Though Google started using encryption for search queries for Chrome users signed in to their Google accounts in 2011, it has now extended to all the browser users whether logged into Google account or not.

Mozilla started encryption for Google searches performed through Firefox browser in July 2012. Apple followed next by enabling search encryption on Safari by September 2012.

Encryption is one of the safest ways to search online today. It prevents a marketer from getting information from a website about searches performed.

WIKIPEDIA® warns on browser malware

Wikipedia Foundation, the organization operating the popular online encyclopedia, has issued a warning to its users, telling them that if they are seeing adverts while browsing WIKIPEDIA site, it is likely that their computers have become a victim of malware infection.

“We never run ads on Wikipedia,” said Philippe Beaudette, director of community advocacy for the Wikimedia Foundation, in a blog post. “If you’re seeing advertisements for a for-profit industry… or anything but our fundraiser, then your web browser has likely been infected with malware.”

Then how WIKIPEDIA is running?

WIKIPEDIA’s operating costs are covered by donations. Every year an online fundraiser is organized, and that’s usually the only time when a banner is displayed on the site’s pages.

Google™ fixes 18 security flaws in Google™ Chrome

Google has announced the release of newest version of its popular Chrome web browser after fixing 18 security glitches and has also added a easy-to-use new feature for its customers.

Updating Chrome

Seven of the vulnerabilities that were fixed in the Chrome version 19.0.1084.46 were classified as high-risk flaws, which means that they could be exploited to take control of infected systems. The users of Chrome can update to version 19 by clicking the wrench icon in the top right corner of the browser and selecting ‘About Google Chrome’.

The latest release of Google Chrome even allows the users to access the open tabs they viewed on their office PC with their tablet or smartphone. To do so the user has to sign in to his Google account. Signing into Chrome syncs other browser settings too, including bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, and themes.

Apps beat browser and voice in mobile device usage survey

There is no doubt that smartphones and tablets will break all records when it comes to the downloading of apps. Surveys by Zokeim, a mobile search firm, indicate the same. Apps are definitely popular and are many times more in use than voice or browsing. While Gartner reports 33 percent Android usage, 31 percent Symbian usage, 16 percent Apple iOS, 14 percent RIM, 3 percent Windows and 3 percent other, surveys in India show differently. 29 percent claim to be using Symbian, 13 percent claim to be using Windows, 7 percent use BlackBerry, 6 percent Android, and 3 percent use Apple iOS.

However, even in India, 47 percent users download apps for their smartphones as per the LD Mobile Usage Survey of 2010, as against 52 percent who probably don’t download apps on their mobile phones. India and China collectively added 300 million mobile subscriptions in 2010.

Interestingly, International Telecommunication Union, Strategy Analytics, IDC, and other international survey organizations, seem to think that mobile Internet will overtake the PC, that is, web access via laptops and smartphones will overtake desktop web in the next five years. Other surveyors and generally worldwide all of them confirm that Asia and China, principally will over the coming years be the dominating force in mobile web applications.

During this period, mobile advertising, mobile marketing and mobile app sales are expected to rule the roost as far as services are concerned. Worldwide be it Japan, or China, or Europe or the US or India and/or China, apps are going to be the biggest usage areas in mobiles.

Google™ Chrome address bar revamp

Google is currently experimenting with several radical changes to its Chrome user interface. It will have several new features including a compact user interface that hides the URL address input bar when pages are not being loaded. Google’s Jeff Chang in a post to the Chromium developer mailing list under the title major user interface efforts, describes four user interface variants for the Chromium OS project. The first is the “Classic Navigation” which is similar to the current Chrome user interface. However another UI layout being seriously considered is the compact navigation one which would be a big step forward from the current browser. Chromium, widely known as the open source version of the acclaimed Chrome browser and the Chromium OS, is the building block for the Chrome operating system. The UI variants are meant for the coming Chrome operating system. As of now the current Chrome browser has the URL address bar always visible with the navigation and menu tabs, but with the new compact and uncluttered design navigation buttons have been moved alongside the tabs and the address bar is configured so as to be only visible when the webpage is loading, an option to make it visible again is also available.

According to Google if they bring the address bar out of the tab it could be utilized as both a launcher and a switcher, the user would not have to worry about replacing their current active tab. The new user interface separates the search and address bars, they are currently joint in Chrome’s current Omnibox setting. With the new compact navigation the search box will still be used for direct navigation by visiting the page directly after entering the URL, and the UI will automatically hide the URL as soon as the page loads. Google’s current navigation option is more familiar with its basic navigation style and is akin to the Chromium browser window using UI in its maximized mode.

Google reiterated its commitment to remain focused on both the classic and compact UI. Google is also working on a new user interface exclusively for touchscreen phones and devices. Google says that for such devices screen size is a key limiting factor that has to be taken into consideration, so Google aims to provide larger tab and toolbar targets than those on the Chrome. This user interface takes up more screen space but is still ideal for portrait devices and has an auto hide button to enable full screen viewing.

Jeff Chang has maintained that Google stays true to its commitment and has already started work on making the necessary changes and getting the necessary widgets and add-ons available soon so as to enable profile selection to show on the browser window.

Updates for Google™ Chrome

Developers are working on updating the Google Chrome browser to resolve issues that may be affecting its performance. Right now Google is hoping to bring down the crash rate considerably. All the major browsers are rushing to release a production quality browser with hardware accelerated graphics, but it seems Google will be crossing the finish line first.

Last year Google had started offering Google Chrome in stable, Beta, Developer, Canary and Night build versions in parallel. According to reports, there were issues in the Canary and Nightbuild versions. According to the Chrome developer threads, most bugs appear to be affecting GPU acceleration and it seems that crash issues in the developer and beta versions can be completely solved by deactivating this feature via launch switches or flags accessible through the black list Chrome developers are assembling.

A new release of the Beta version of the software claims to be more stable than the previous versions. It contains WebGl improvements under Windows XP and restores Flash sandbox. Chrome uses the OpenGl interface for 2D and 3D graphics acceleration which is complicated in Windows where support for Open GL is not good when compared to DirectX technology. Google, however, avoids this problem by Project ANGLE that converts OpenGL commands into DirectX. Chrome apparently has come up with a list of features to disable to ensure a stable browser experience on incompatible devices. Chrome has reiterated support for IndexedDB, a developing standard that enables web application storage. This helps in ensuring that Google apps work offline, which is a major reason behind cloud computing’s success. It also comes with a new task manager much like Windows, which tell you about web applications that are running and also about background applications.

With such fast paced development, it will soon be available to users. Since Chrome’s launch it has become a fore runner in the race of the browser providing the best browsing experience. It is gaining popularity among users who are hoping for a new web experience through its promise of hardware accelerated graphics and a new revolutionary interface.

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